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International Crimes Tribunal

Jabbar indicted for war crimes

Jabbar indicted for war crimes

A tribunal in Dhaka today framed five war crimes charges against former Jatiya Party lawmaker Abdul Jabbar for his alleged crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. Jabbar, who was chairman of Mathbaria Peace Committee in Pirojpur in 1971, has been charged with killing, mass killing, looting and forced conversion committed during the nine-month war. The fugitive suspected had “played a key role” in the formation of the Razakar Bhahini and had “led the force” in committing crimes in Mathbaria area. After framing the charges, International Crimes...

Rapp opposes organisation's war crimes trial

Rapp opposes organisation's war crimes trial

US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Stephen J Rapp yesterday opposed the trial of any political party or organisation for crimes against humanity, and called for focusing on individuals who committed those crimes. The focus on individuals instead of political party or organisation will help ensure reconciliation and peace in the society, he added. Stephen Rapp, now in Dhaka on his 5th visit since 2011, also said the defence counsels' proposal for holding of these trials in a third country under UN supervision would not be realistic.  The US envoy came here in January, May and November 2011 and in May 2013 and discussed about International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973 and the...

US supports trial for war crimes: Rapp

US supports trial for war crimes: Rapp

The US supports the ongoing war crimes trials in Bangladesh, said visiting US ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues Stephen Rapp yesterday. After a courtesy meeting with the judges of the International Crimes Tribunal at the Old High Court building in the capital, Rapp lauded them for being able to discharge their jobs “without pressure,...

Why more fund?

The law ministry has asked the chief prosecutor of the International Crimes Tribunal why his office sought “apparently high amount of money”. The prosecutor's office had sought Tk 1.5 crore as risk allowance for its prosecutors and staff, and Tk 25 lakh travel allowances.  For instance, the prosecutors had used Tk 5 lakh on travel allowance last fiscal year but this year the prosecutor's office want five times more. In June, the prosecutor's office also sought Tk 72 lakh for buying two...

War crimes suspect held in Barisal

War crimes suspect held in Barisal

Detectives arrested a man in Barisal town today for his alleged crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.  A team of Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested Md Forkan Mallik in Rupatoli bus stand area of the town around 9:00am, reports our Patuakhali correspondent quoting Jafrul Hasan, a sub-inspector of...

War crimes trial: Mobarak verdict any day

War crimes trial: Mobarak verdict any day

A tribunal in Dhaka today concluded hearing arguments in a war crimes case against former Razakar commander Mobarak Hossain and will deliver its verdict any day. The 64-year-old accused, now behind the bars, also served as the organising secretary of a union parishad unit of Awami League for 16 years till 2012. While serving as a Jamaat member during the Liberation War of 1971, he was involved in murder, abduction, confinement, torture and loot, according to the charges pressed against him. On completion of the arguments by both the sides today, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 kept Mobarak's verdict CAV (Curia Advisari Vult), meaning it will be delivered any day. Mobarak, as a commander...

Rift intensifies in war crimes prosecution

The escalating power struggle within the prosecution team of the international crimes tribunal has now made uncertain the filing of the war crimes case against the Jamaat-e-Islami. Since April 30, there has been a chief prosecutor and an acting chief prosecutor of the team. Acting chief prosecutor Syed Haider Ali had a notice issued asking the prosecutors of the case to give him the probe report and other documents, apparently ignoring the fact that Chief Prosecutor Ghulam Arief Tipoo had joined...

WAR CRIMES TRIAL

Kamaruzzaman's appeal hearing starts May 18

Kamaruzzaman's appeal hearing starts May 18

The Supreme Court today fixed May 18 for starting hearing an appeal filed by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman challenging the death penalty awarded to him for his wartime offences. A five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain set the date as the appeal came up in the hearing...

War crimes probe agency seeks arrest power

Against the backdrop of the tendency on the part of the accused to abscond during probe, the investigation agency of the International Crimes Tribunal has proposed empowering agency officials to arrest an accused without warrant. A letter of the agency, signed by its co-ordinator Mohammad Abdul Hannan Khan, recently proposed that the law ministry amend the corresponding section of International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973 in this connection. The agency has so far completed probe into 19 cases. The proceedings of four...

Jamaat to stage demo for release of Nizami, Sayedee

Jamaat to stage demo for release of Nizami, Sayedee

Jamaat-e-Islami will stage countrywide agitation on May 4 demanding release of its Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami and Senior Nayeb-e-Ameer Delawar Hossain Sayedee. Both the leaders are now facing war crimes charges for their crimes against humanity during the country's Liberation War in 1971. Jamaat, a key partner in the BNP-led 19-party alliance, will also hold...

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